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Brain Power the solution to Henry VIII Chase – Sandown 09/12/2017

The 1.45 at Sandown Park on Saturday is the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase over two miles.

Brain Power even money for Henry VIII Chase

The short-priced favourite here is Nicky Henderson’s Brain Power, a six-year-old gelding by Kalanisi. He was a high class performer over hurdles, winning valuable handicaps at Sandown and Ascot last season. His performance at Ascot encouraged Henderson to let him take his chance in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He took a fierce hold with his rider that day and failed to last home, fading back into eighth place. He ran a much better race at Punchestown in April behind Wicklow Brave but was switched over fences last month. Brain Power had plenty in hand that day, striding clear of his three rivals at Kempton to win by 28 lengths. This will be a much stiffer test but fences could be the making of him.

Finian’s Oscar is an exciting prospect trained by Colin Tizzard. He has won his first two races over the larger obstacles, most recently beating Movewiththetimes at Cheltenham. He won over hurdles at the Aintree Grand National festival in April. Finian’s Oscar then lost out in a photo finish to Bacardys in a Grade 1 hurdle at Punchestown.

North Hill Harvey targets Grade 1 victory

Dan Skelton saddles North Hill Harvey, a six-year-old gelding by Kayf Tara. He is also unbeaten over fences after successive victories at Cheltenham. He just edged out Sceau Royal in October before following up with a comfortable success last month. North Hill Harvey drew clear to beat River Wylde by eighteen lengths.

Capitaine is also two out of two over fences for Paul Nicholls. He had 22 lengths to spare over Western Miller at Market Rasen last time out. He was a bit ragged over his fences on his debut but improved significantly next time.

Daryl Jacob rides Sceau Royal who renews rivalry with North Hill Harvey on 5lbs better terms. He won a match race next time at Warwick without coming off the bridle. Alan King’s gelding was no mug over hurdles and finished a creditable sixth in the Champion Hurdle in March. Jameson completes the entries for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He had only a neck to spare over Western Miller at Sandown in April and will struggle to beat Capitaine on a line through the runner-up.

Sandown Betting Tips 09/12/2017

1.45 Henry VIII Chase

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